Today marks the third time I have been allowed to vote in a presidential election. After finally reaching the table where they hand you your ballot, everything stopped. My name was not on the register.
To keep hearing the same political debates around our country regarding abortion, women's pay, and women's health is so surreal that sometimes I feel like a time-traveling protagonist in a sci-fi film, in which I missed a turn and went back a century.
We all know that campaigns can be vitriolic. But none, it seems, have been as polarizing or highly charged as this. Over the past year, I have often asked myself: What has happened to the art of civility and the value of compromise?
Millions of people convicted of felonies will be barred from voting in the upcoming presidential election. This is a mind-boggling number of people who will be disenfranchised. The most alarming aspect is that many of them are eligible to vote but don't know it.
The answer is not to do away with the Electoral College, but to change, like what exists in Nebraska and Maine, where two Electoral College votes are awarded to the winner of the state's popular vote, and the rest allocated based on congressional districts.
While President Obama toured the destruction of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey, Mitt Romney stayed dry, spending the last precious moments of Election 2012 in swing states to herd loose voters onto his turf.
1. Forget about the deficit, the problem is personal debt: Whereas the national deficit will probably never affect us on a personal level, credit card debt has been the real financial detriment of my generation.
Reflecting on today's presidential election decades later, I believe many Democrats and Republicans who were actively involved in 2012 elections will be highly ashamed of what has been said of the American-Muslim community during this critical election.